Drone Provides Lake Panorama Aerial Photos

This aerial view starts at Boulder Cove and continues northwest to Lake Panorama’s upper basin.

By Susan Thompson

Some of my favorite photos of Lake Panorama are those that have been taken from the window of an airplane. At least a couple of times, local residents have taken to the skies to capture sweeping aerial views of Lake Panorama and the surrounding area.

With the advent of remote-controlled drones, aerial photography has entered an entirely new era. One Sunday last October, Dronography Iowa was hired to take aerial photos of specific sites at Lake Panorama.

Table Sponsors, Ticket Holders, Donated Items Sought for Beach Ball

By Susan Thompson

The 2nd annual Beach Ball, sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama, will be Saturday, May 6, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. All proceeds will go to the charity’s current priority project — new sports courts at Boulder Beach.

The first Beach Ball in May 2016 raised nearly $24,000, which helped Friends reach its $80,000 goal for a new playground at Sunset Beach.

Rain Garden Installation June 10

By Susan Thompson

While new sports courts at Boulder Beach is the current priority project for Friends of Lake Panorama, the charity also is working on a smaller project related to water quality. On Saturday, June 10, a rain garden will be installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Historically, the prairies and savannas of Iowa held and infiltrated most rainfall, and surface runoff was rare. Rainfall was absorbed and moved down through the soil to become groundwater flow.

Beach Ball

  • Posted on: 17 February 2017
  • By: admin1

Beach Ball

Saturday, May 6, 5 p.m.

Lake Panorama National Conference Center

Sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama 

All proceeds to new sports courts at Boulder Beach

For information, staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org, or 515.240.6536 


Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 17:00

Car Enthusiast Channels Passion into Creativity

A 1941 Willys Coupe in Paul Bierly's model car collection, displayed in his diorama. He detailed and painted the car, transforming it from a glossy purple vehicle into a rusty version.

Lake Times staff

The scene was set at Raceway Park during its Spring Drag Race. A rainbow of cars packed the entryway in bumper-to-bumper fashion. Traffic directors waving orange flags controlled the surge of vehicles as they made their way into the stadium, and anxious drivers leaned against their rides while waiting to show their stuff on the strip. Excited fans packed the stands, watching each set of cars approach the starting line, and wait for the tower of lights to flash green.